Behind the Candelabra, reportedly the film that was 'too gay' for Hollywood, reportedly the final film from director Steven Soderbergh, premieres at the Cannes film festival on 21 May, on HBO in the US on 26 May, in cinemas in the UK on 7 June. And just to prove that you can't have too much of a good thing, the book on which the film is based is out from HoZ on the 7 June too.

Matt Damon plays Scott Thorson, a poor boy from a succession of foster homes who met Liberace when he was just 16 years old. Liberace (Michael Douglas), aged 57, took Scott under his wing as ‘the son he'd never had’. By the time Scott was 17, he was also Liberace’s lover.
Liberace lived life by his credo ‘too much of a good thing is wonderful’ and Scott shared in it: the fur coats, the Rolls-Royces, the jewellery, the celebrity friends, the 26 lapdogs. A more opulent lifestyle is hard to imagine but it came at a price: Liberace sent Scott to his plastic surgeon to have his face remodelled in Liberace’s own image.

Scott's memoir of the same name is the basis of the film. The book is by turns outragreous, bizarre, shocking and touchingly intimate. It is a compulsive insight in to Liberace, the man behind the flamboyant performer whose successes provide a bright counterpoint to a darker tale of a man hungry for power, a man given to every excess...